Construct Canada celebrates 20th anniversary

The 20th anniversary of Construct Canada will again set the standard in trade exhibitions and conferences for and about the design and construction of new buildings and addressing the needs of our built environment.


Taking place from December 3 – 5, 2008 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (South Building), the show has long been associated with the advancement and exchange of information on new technologies, new products and new ideas. Further, it remains a key source for all the latest in “green” technologies and processes that are shaping the way Canada approaches building design.  There are 11,000 exhibits, 450 speakers, 200 presentations and 200 new and green products to be seen at Construct Canada, Home Builder Expo, PM Expo, Design Trends and Concrete Canada.


The International Architectural Roundtable will take place on Wednesday, December 3 from 8:00am to 10:00am and will address the following questions: “Who’s your density? How can we avoid complacency in the 21st-century planning paradigm?” Learn from the distinguished panel of Jonathan Barnett, Professor of City and Regional Planning and Director of the Urban Design Program at the University of Pennsylvania; Larry Beasley, Practice Professor of Planning at UBC; Jack Diamond, Principal of Diamond & Schmitt Architects; and Daniel Solomon, Director of Solomon ETC and Principal of WRT. The roundtable will be moderated by Canadian Architect’s editor Ian Chodikoff.


Further, the National Green Building Conference will be held from December 3-4, 2008 concurrently with the trade show. The largest conference of its kind in Canada will focus on all aspects of green design, construction, retrofit, and maintenance leading to high-performance buildings, and will examine best practices and project delivery models that result in more efficient methods of designing sustainability into any project. 


To celebrate its landmark year, the team at Construct Canada are introducing a Master Speakers Series where attendees can gain insights from leading speakers on a variety of topics that will round out the varied seminars and exhibitor presentations.


Dr. John Izzo will bring his knowledge of creating great workplaces, with “Value Shift – Recruiting, Retaining and Engaging the New Workforce.” And Kevin Hydes, former chair of the World Green Building Council will speak on the “Global Green Tsunami,” sharing his insights on the changes occurring in the industry. Also of interest is the presentation about the $17-billion revitalization of Waterfront Toronto with John Campbell, President and CEO, Waterfront Toronto.


Attendees can learn more about the economic outlook for 2009 with Benjamin Tal, Senior Economist, CIBC World Markets. Inspiration can be drawn from Vicente Wolf, Principal of Vicente Wolf Associates Inc., and his presentation called “Inspiration: Seeing Design Through Worldly Eyes.” “Urban Design Guidelines: Getting it Done Right” will be the focus of an insightful panel discussion featuring architects Ronji Borooah, Barry Sampson, Don Schmitt, and Gordon Stratford along with urban designer Sharon Mittmann.


With a particular emphasis on new energy efficiencies, attendees can take advantage of the following presentations: “Solar Energy Innovations: Thermal and Photovoltaic Energy Options” by David Gerwing, President of Menova Engineering; John Hollick of Conserval Engineering and Bert Pendergast, VP and General Manager of Arise Technologies. And finally, “Geothermal and Earth Energy Technologies” will be presented by Ted Kantrowitz, VP of Canadian GeoExchange Coalition and Robert Mancini, President of R. Mancini and Associates. 


The Ontario Association of Architects has allocated up to 14 CORE points for various sessions being conducted at Construct Canada. In addition, to commemorate the 20-year anniversary of the show, the City of Toronto has proclaimed the week of December 1-5 Green Building Week in recognition of the industry’s impact on the city, and in making a positive difference in shaping the way Toronto builds. A special appearance by Mayor David Miller is being scheduled.


Show times are as follows:

Wednesday, December 3: seminars from 8:00am to 4:00pm; exhibits from 10:00am to 5:00pm

Thursday, December 4: seminars from 8:00am to 4:00pm; exhibits from 10:00am to 5:00pm

Friday, December 5: exhibits from 9:00am to 1:00pm 


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